How to create a Wi-Fi hotspot using your PC
There comes a time when the only mode of internet connection is via an Ethernet cable. It won’t be a problem to connect your personal computer to the connection. Woe unto you if you only have a tablet or mobile device as your only form of accessing the internet. This devices do not come with an Ethernet port on board. At least I have not been able to come across such a mobile device.
It is devastating so see your friends’ access internet via their PC’s while all you can do is just stare. There is also another case scenario. You need to update either your phone or the apps in it but the only form of connection is via an Ethernet port. Worry no more. You can use your PC or your friends PC to broadcast the internet connection to your mobile device.
During the earlier Windows 10 versions the only way to create a Wi-Fi hotspot from your PC was via inputting some codes in command prompt. This process was not that straight forward especially to non-tech savvy individuals. With Windows 10 Anniversary Update Microsoft have incorporated the feature in the settings app. Now creating a Wi-Fi hotspot is as simple as clicking a few buttons.
How to create a Wi-Fi hotspot
- Click on the start
- Then click on the settings
- Alternatively you can use the combination of Windows button + I to open the settings app.
- In the settings app click on Network & Internet
- On the left side of the next dialog box click on Mobile hotspot. This will open the Mobile hotspot page.
- To create a Wi-Fi hotspot slide to the right the button labelled Share my Internet connection with other devices.
- You can go ahead and choose a network name and password using the Edit option just below.
Note that you need to be connected to the internet for you to use this feature or else you will get the following message:
We can’t set up mobile hotspot because your PC doesn’t have an Ethernet, Wi-Fi, or cellular data connection.